Helen Killeen is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Davis where she studies the ecology of coastal and ocean ecosystems. Helen studies marine ecosystems by collecting specimens and observing ocean conditions while at sea on the Pacific Ocean. Her graduate research is helping to show how baby fish (larvae) survive their dangerous journey to adulthood. Helen’s research is also giving us a better idea of how coastal ecosystems are likely to be affected by climate change and whether or not conservation methods, like marine parks, really work to protect ocean animals. After graduate school, Helen is planning to work with conservation organizations and the government to improve how we manage and protect the ocean and its resources. Helen is from Colorado, likes cooking, and was a high school chemistry and physics teacher before going back to school.